MTN filed court papers on 12 February 2014, requesting a review of the Call Termination Regulations 2014. MTN also sought an urgent interdict to suspend the implementation of the regulations.
In response the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (Icasa) said on Friday, 14 February 2014 that it has decided to delay its recently announced call termination rate cuts by two months.
Cell C is one of the companies which stands to gain the most through the new call termination regulations, and it looks set to fight MTN’s court application.
“Cell C is consulting its legal team and will oppose MTN’s application in the strongest terms,” said Dos Santos.
“This regulation is in the interest of the consumer, the telecommunications industry and the broader South African economy,” said Dos Santos.
“Icasa promulgated the regulation after taking into account the submissions of all interested parties and having weighed up the impact of the regulations on the operators, telecommunications industry and society at large, with the objective of reducing the cost to communicate, and this is in line with government policy.”
He said that MTN’s application to set aside the regulations is nothing more than an attempt to stifle competition in the industry and entrench the existing duopoly, on the basis that they are just being supportive of “due process”.